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Poster: mwoodwar Date: Nov 6, 2002 8:03am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: any programmer/xml up for a challenge

Well, your points are taken...but please bear in mind the context this discussion is in. We are talking about printing public domain books to be given away from an internet 'bookmobile'.

What I am asking about, and still interested in, is simply a way to make the best use of the resources that are already online...and perhaps some sort of 'guidelines' for putting new works up.

I think that we may be talking apples and oranges here.

Mark

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Poster: thistle Date: Nov 6, 2002 10:03am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: any programmer/xml up for a challenge

i see what you mean, you are writing a text import assistance tool. but what output format do you want to have?

for new material i would personally consider abandoning the 'text format' thing and just scan each page as an image file, and bundle these images somehow. for a billion reasons some of which ive listed above but will try not to bore you again with them.

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Poster: VBGeek2000 Date: Nov 8, 2002 2:48am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: any programmer/xml up for a challenge

I would recommend you look into Adobe's PDF format for archiving images and text from the books. It is a format that was designed from the ground up to have chapters, images, different fonts, etc embedded into the document. If you buy the Adobe Acrobat full version, you even get a printer driver that allows you to print the book directly to a PDF from any program, such as Word.

The other advantage of PDF is the fact that Adobe has a free PDF viewer available on the web. You could make your documents available for download. This would allow others setting up their own book mobiles to have the PDFs.
The other advantage would be that kids could download the PDF and read the book on their computer.

I hope this proves to be helpful,
Tim